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National ‘Best Kept Village Award’ for beautiful Emly

Pictured at the presentation to Emly of the Best Kept Village award at a ceremony in Belfast were Emly representatives Denis Heffernan, Mary Heffernan, Jonas Callanan, Betty Callanan, Seamus Cunningham and Sharon Cunningham with Tipperary County Council chairman Michael Fitzgerald; Dinny McGinley, Minister of State at the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht; Doreen Muskett MBE, Chair of the Northern Ireland Amenity Council; and Mark H Durkan MLA, Minister for the Environment, Northern Ireland.

Pictured at the presentation to Emly of the Best Kept Village award at a ceremony in Belfast were Emly representatives Denis Heffernan, Mary Heffernan, Jonas Callanan, Betty Callanan, Seamus Cunningham and Sharon Cunningham with Tipperary County Council chairman Michael Fitzgerald; Dinny McGinley, Minister of State at the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht; Doreen Muskett MBE, Chair of the Northern Ireland Amenity Council; and Mark H Durkan MLA, Minister for the Environment, Northern Ireland.

Emly won the Best Kept Village award in an All-Ireland amenity competition organised by the Northern Ireland Amenity Council.

The prize was presented at a ceremony in Belfast last week attended by a large group from the West Tipp village who were thrilled with their latest recogntion

Enniskillen in County Fermanagh is the overall winner of Ireland’s Best Kept Town competition, 2014.

Minister of State at the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Dinny McGinley said the awards were reward for your efforts in the SuperValu TidyTowns and the Best Kept competitions.

“These competitions continue to demonstrate the great pride that people have in their communities, North and South, and the hard work carried out by volunteers. Well done, your communities are richer for your efforts and hard work, and I am sure that you have great joy and pride in being here today.”

Doreen Muskett MBE, Chair of the Northern Ireland Amenity Council, the body that organises the Best Kept Awards, said: “The competition is designed to reward those who take great pride in their communities, those who work tirelessly to make their surroundings a nicer place to work, live and play in. My sincere congratulations to all of this year’s award recipients. The panel of esteemed judges had a very difficult task in comparing and selecting the eventual winners, which is testament to the stunning towns and villages we are lucky enough to have”.

The Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government and the Northern Ireland Amenity Council initiated the Ireland’s Best Kept Towns competition in 1995 to help raise the profile of both the Tidy Towns and Northern Ireland’s Best Kept competitions, and so help to improve the standard of towns and villages across the island of Ireland.

 

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